Social squad’s marathon efforts after friend’s ‘life changed forever’

1st April 2015

Nadhim Orfali was left profoundly deaf after falling into a coma battling meningitis aged three

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His family called the ordeal ‘the worst time of their lives’.

Soldering on, Nadhim attended mainstream schools and university, and has worked at Cardiff-based digital agency Sequence for five years, helped by becoming an expert lip reader.

The software developer, of Cardiff, said: “I learnt to lip read and overcame other obstacles, however there are still issues such as misconceptions, group conversations and noise awareness. But I know I was lucky, so I don’t let my so-called disability stop me from living, having fun and working hard.”

Nadhim united colleagues to fundraise for us, including rallying six people to conquer London Marathon 2015 with him, to help raise £12,800.

The seven-strong Sequence Runners trained hard, including running the Cardiff 10k, to conquer the capital challenge.

We became the company’s Charity of the Year 2015 and fundraisers included bake offs, barbecues, sweepstakes and raffles. Sequence, which has over 50 employees, also used digital and social media channels to collect sponsorship.

Nadhim, who celebrated his 37th birthday the day before the marathon, said: “Meningitis Now is a cause close to our hearts. We wanted to help others avoid death and disability from meningitis, so training, aches and pains from the marathon were worth it. Everyone got involved fundraising, so it truly became a team effort.”